For 700 years, Carraigin Castle has been a landmark on the eastern shore of Lough Corrib, one of the biggest lakes in Ireland. In recent years, this castle has been authentically restored to its former glory using the same materials and techniques as the original thirteenth-century builders. Modern comforts have been incorporated without detracting from the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dwelling, a rare and beautiful example of the medieval 'hall house'.
Surrounded by seven acres of lawns, woodland and meadows, it is an idyllic holiday home in a beautiful lakeside setting. There one can enjoy walking, boating, fishing, riding and sightseeing, or simply relax and contemplate the gothic geometry of the roof timbers.
Family groups or close friends will love the relaxed atmosphere of this authentic 13th-century castle on the shores of Lough Corrib.
Carraigin's church-like structure grows out of a field on a slight rise in the land reached by a short avenue across a tree-lined park. The ancient-looking, nail-studded front door on the ground floor was actually made by the owner during the building's restoration in the 1970s. Round the corner, an imposing stone staircase leads to another grand entrance, into a lofty, oak-beamed great hall of truly feudal proportions. There's a comforting smell of turf and wood-smoke in the air and the decor is happily unstudied.
The great hall features a mix of old oak and modern furniture, white walls hung with tapestries and brass rubbings a wide welcoming hearth and a tiny, well-equipped kitchen with a view over the water. Off the hall is a baronial double bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom. Stone staircases wind upwards to a family room overlooking the hall and to a little single bedroom in the corner tower. From both of these second-floor rooms you can stroll out onto the castle
parapets with fabulous views of Lough Corrib and the hills of Clare, Connemara and Mayo. The rest of you sleep in the three cozy medieval vaults below. They are a lot of fun and work if you know each other well as the rooms lead one into the other. However, discrete and rather beautiful free-standing screens are provided.
Wow, wow, wow! We had an amazing time! An incredible setting. My imagination had my expectations fairly lofty and it did not disappoint. We were royalty for the week. The housekeeper was extremely helpful and reachable yet we were left alone to enjoy. The lovely women down the road came and catered our vow renewal and it was amazing. We were able go to many of the sites we wanted to see easily from the location. We are already hoping that one day we can have the fantasy Christmas at this splendid castle. You are in for a rare treat! I cannot say enough about our experience, a memory that will be cherished.
I found Carraigin Castle on VRBO several years ago and added to my 'bucket list' immediately. My wife and I visited Ireland in 2009 and we made a pact that we would return. So, we finally planned a trip with my brother-in-law and his wife to stay a week in Carraigin Castle. I read all the reviews here and there is no hyperbole; the castle and grounds are a dream come true. It's beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The castle had already captured my imagination, but actually being there we all went around as if we were in a dream. We were met by Marian the overseer and she was warm and charming showed us how everything worked and dropped by a couple of days later to see if we needed anything. We had arranged with Tina the gourmet cook catering lady, who lives about a half mile away, in the prettiest cottage in Ireland. We just told Tina that we wanted dinner after traveling almost 20 hours to get there in planes, buses and cars. She told us she would have a nice Irish supper waiting for us and she did not disappoint. She prepared an Irish feast of chicken, lamb roast, potatoes (5 different ways), cheesy baked cauliflower, cabbage and turnips, sausage stuffing, Irish soda bread, scones, 2 other loaves of bread, after dinner cheeses, fruit and to top it off a wonderful apple tart with home made vanilla custard sauce. We ate leftovers all week and still couldn't eat it all. The grounds are beautifully kept and the views are 360 degrees of picture perfect. The location is perfect; only 4 miles from the village of Headford where you can get anything you need at Joyces Grocery (a big modern supermarket with a great Deli). We took roads trips during the week to Cong (where 'The Quiet Man' was filmed) a drive through the Connemara mountains (very scenic) to Leenaun, Kylemore Abbey and Clifden. We drove to the the Cliffs of Moher (spectacular) and of course to Galway. Anne the owner recommended a restaurant in Galway, 'O'Grady's on the Pier', I give it 5 stars and the setting is terrific. You will make a wonderful memory if you stay here, we sure did.
The novelty of staying in our very own castle made the first week of our holiday in Ireland a time to remember. Nine of us, two families loved the space, the views and the freedom Castle Carraigin offered. The spacious main living area and access to the parapets add real character, snoozing in front of the open fire after a day out doing one of the numerous activities locally was a great feeling. The extensive grounds give a real feel of “being away from it all” and early mornings gazing across the lake were rejuvenating. Some of the bedrooms felt a little damp and the size of the kitchen made more than one person at a time a challenge. We all really enjoyed a fantastic roast dinner prepared by Tina, who amazed us with just how much she provided, more than enough for two very large dinners! Great accommodation, wonderful setting and a fantastic introduction to a truly majestic country.
My family and I were lucky enough to spend a week at Carraigin Castle. As soon as you turn in the gates of this amazing castle you will be blown away by how beautiful it is. Its location on the shores of Lough Corrib is simply perfect. There was plenty of room for 10 of us, including teenagers and little ones. Each morning I took my cup of tea down to the lake to sit and take in the incredible view and watch the swans. On the mornings that it rained we sat in the window seats in the castle and watched a fox trot by along the waters edge! The kids ( including the young at heart )had a lot of fun playing games in the woods and on the huge lawn! We enjoyed meals together at the enormous dining table and took turns sitting at the head of the table being "King or Queen" of the castle 😀. The kitchen is small but compact and contains everything you need to cook your meals or you can contact a local lady Tina, who will cook meals for you. After spending the day sightseeing we loved to light the fire and sit around it, chatting, sipping wine or reading. The owner Annemarie was wonderful, always willing to answer questions and recommending places to eat and visit. The housekeeper Marian is your first contact when you reach the castle and she is so friendly and welcoming, and always available if you need help with anything! If you want to experience a little bit of Irish history and hospitality you should treat yourself and stay at Carraigin Castle. Many thanks to Annemarie for sharing it with us! We had a fabulous time.
My husband, children and I along with my mother in law, sister in law, her husband and their kids spend a week at the Carraigin Castle. It was such a great place to stay and had plenty of room for the 9 of us! We loved being near the lake, taking boat rides, and fishing. We would also take day trips and visited places as nearby as Cong and as far away as the Cliffs of Moher. We didn't want to leave when our week was up! I highly recommend this castle to anyone visiting Ireland.
My family had a wonderful, relaxing stay at this special place. The landscape and setting are beautiful There were so many welcoming touches The owners are very thoughtful and easy to communicate with. We are a family with 5, 10 and 18 year old, three adults and a granny (lol) We all loved the castle Headford is a near by town that has resturants and groceries We especially enjoyed the small fishing boat that is available for use on the lake "Tina" prepared a meal fit for a king, one we never forget What a dream stay I wish we were still there